Reg Whitcombe

Reg was the youngest of the three Whitcombe brothers from Burnham in Somerset. At the time most people considered the middle brother, Charles, as the best of the lot, with Reginald Arthur next in line. Yet he was the only one of the three to win The Open.
  • His medal from The Open resides within the Parkstone clubhouse

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  • 17

    Professional wins

  • Selected with his brothers for Great Britain in the 1935 Ryder Cup team

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Reg was the youngest of the three Whitcombe brothers from Burnham in Somerset. At the time most people considered the middle brother, Charles, as the best of the lot, with Reginald Arthur next in line. Yet he was the only one of the three to win The Open.

Eldest brother Ernest was second to Walter Hagen at Hoylake in 1924 and Charles finished third behind Alf Perry in 1935 at Muirfield. But after finishing runner-up to Henry Cotton at the rain-soaked Carnoustie in 1937, it was at Royal St George’s the following year that Reg withstood the worst of the gale force winds that blighted the final day’s play.

The Exhibition Tent was completely destroyed by the strong winds and within minutes the contents were scattered around the course and even as far as the clubhouse at Prince’s, almost a mile away. Whitcombe’s rounds of 75-78 earned him a two-shot victory over Jimmy Adams. Only Cotton outscored him over the last 36 holes, but he was too far adrift to do more than leapfrog into third place.

Whitcombe

Among the leading 36 players to finish, there were more than 50 scores in the 80s and three in the 90s over the two final rounds on that savage day. In 1935 all three Whitcombe brothers were included in the ten-man Ryder Cup team to play at Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey.

Reg was not picked to play the foursomes, where the pairing of Charles, the captain, and Ernest gained the visitors their only win of the session. In the singles, Reg was five up after 24 holes against Johnny Revolta but five bogeys in a row towards the end handed the American a 2 and 1 victory. Reg was again selected in 1939 but the match was cancelled after the outbreak of WWII.

Venue
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Royal Portrush 1951
M/C
82
80
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Troon 1950
M/C
77
72
-
-
-
M/C
Royal St George's 1949
M/C
71
77
-
-
-
M/C
Muirfield 1948
18
77
67
77
74
295
-
Royal Liverpool 1947
13
75
77
71
77
300
-
St Andrews 1946
14
71
76
82
76
305
-
St Andrews 1939
3
71
75
74
74
294
-
Royal St George's 1938
1
71
71
75
78
295
-
Carnoustie 1937
2
72
70
74
76
292
-
Royal Liverpool 1936
8
72
77
71
74
294
-
Muirfield 1935
34
72
75
74
82
303
-
Royal St George's 1934
16
75
76
74
75
300
-
St Andrews 1933
7
76
75
72
72
295
-
Princes 1932
17
75
74
75
76
300
-
Carnoustie 1931
17
75
78
71
80
304
-
Royal Liverpool 1930
13
78
72
73
79
302
-
Muirfield 1929
45
77
75
84
82
318
-
Royal St George's 1928
23
79
77
81
75
312
-
St Andrews 1927
M/C
79
76
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Lytham & St Annes 1926
14
73
82
76
75
306
-
Prestwick 1925
20
81
80
79
76
316
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